Oakland DT high on Beavs, visits this weekend

OREGON STATE ADDED a defensive tackle this week in the form of Quayshawne Buckley but that doesn't mean Mike Riley is done at that position this class -- not by a long shot. Among the official visitors this weekend in Corvallis will be Oakland's Fred Thompson, who holds a bevy of Pac-10 offers. OSU was first to offer though, and Thompson also says he has a frontrunner.

Fred Thompson (6-4, 290, 5.2) will take his fifth and final official visit to Oregon State this weekend. Schools have climbed up and down his leaders list this recruiting season but headed into his Corvallis trip, one looks to have a slight edge.

"A slight leader, I would say is Oregon State, and that's why I'm taking the trip there. One reason is that I've met the coaching staff on numerous occasions...all their coaches are down to earth and good guys. I like their coaching staff as a whole," said Thompson.

Thompson said Oregon State being the first to offer him a full ride has also played a role.

"I like the opportunities at Oregon State and another thing is they were my first offer. They offered me as a junior and that's one thing, that they've always stuck by me," said Thompson.

THOMPSON HAD A flood of in-home visits from schools last week, including Mike Riley of Oregon State, along with Arizona, ASU, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington State, Washington and others. He has offers from all those schools plus Fresno State and Nevada.

"I didn't even have a chance to work out with all the coaches that came down," said Thompson.

This past weekend, he took an official to UCLA.

"I really liked the environment around campus. I think out of all the trips I've taken so far UCLA had the best campus," said Thompson.

Thompson also said he enjoyed how much time UCLA head man Rick Neuheisel and d-line coach Todd Howard spent with him during his visit.

With OSU his final visit, Thompson said he won't be tripping officially to Washington State, although he didn't want to shut the door completely on an unofficial visit to WSU before Signing Day.

"I may still go on an unofficial (Jan. 22) to see the school and the campus. Washington State, all their coaches are really good...but the likelihood of (an unofficial) is probably slim," said Thompson.

According to the Contra Costa Times, Thompson racked up 90 tackles this season with seven sacks and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown. He also forced five fumbles and was named first team All-East Bay.

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